REIGN Final – Reign 5, Barracuda 1 – Sturm, Spence, Madden


Three first-period goals gave the Ontario Reign (9-5-0-1) an early lead they never relinquished en route to a 5-1 win over the San Jose Barracuda (8-7-0-1) in Toyota. Arena on Wednesday night. Forward Quinton Byfield provided assists on three of the team’s goals, while defender Jordan Spence scored his first goal of the year as well as an assist in the win.


Forward Tyler Madden also found the back of the net, scoring for the third consecutive game, and forward Alex Turcotte scored his first multi-point goal of the season with two assists. Goaltender Pheonix Copley got the start and blocked 21 shots to improve his record to 6-3-1 this season.

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More from head coach Marco Storm, Spence, and Madden below.

Ontario dominated the first period of play, dictating their way to a 3-0 lead with 16-5 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes. Forward Samuel Vagimo started the scoring with his fifth goal of the year from Byfield and Spence at 7:39, after bouncing back from a power play.

Defender Tobias Bjornfoot made it 2-0 with his second goal of the season at 12:43, which came via a cross from striker Martin Krumiak. The assist was Kromiac’s first AHL point, also credited as a second assist to forward Samuel Helenius, his third assist of the year.

Exactly two minutes after Bjornfoot’s shot, defender Toby Bisson scored his first goal as a member of the Reign, running the ball under San Jose goalkeeper Ito Makenameme to increase the lead to 3-0 Ontario. Defender Cameron Jones and forward Nate Thompson assisted in the game.

The Reign started second where it left off in the first, with Madden scoring his fifth goal of the season 4:41 from the middle of the period off Byfield and Turcotte to push the lead to 4-0.

In the latter half of the frame, Spence slapped home a direct feed from Turcotte over the side of the net at 15:45, extending the team’s comfortable advantage to 5-0. The second assist on the play went to Byfield, who recorded the first three-point game of his AHL career.

San Jose’s Tristen Robbins found the back of the net during a power play opportunity less than a minute later at 16:44, but Barracuda couldn’t get anything else on the board for the rest of the evening, taking four minor penalties in the third period to stop No momentum gained.

Both teams had strong goal play, with San Jose finishing 1-for-4 while Ontario finished 1-for-6. The Reign led 34-22 shooting on goal in the contest and Makiniemi finished the game with 29 tackles to the Barracudas in a losing effort.

The Reign is back in action this weekend when it hosts the Tucson Roadrunners in a two-game series at Toyota Arena starting Saturday night at 6 p.m.

Marco Sturm
In tonight’s dominant win
It was a really good start. I guess we didn’t give them a chance right away. They may not have had their best match either, but we put them through that situation too. It was really good for the most part. The only thing, I think, is that there have been elongations when we kind of play at their level. We didn’t want to do that. We want to play our game for 60 minutes, but I’ll take it 5-1 anytime.

On Keeping the Turcotte-Byfield-Madden Line Together
I think they got something. I think Turcotte needed some time out too, especially on the left flank, and it showed today. I think he has some chances. This line clicks. Quinton [Byfield] and tyler [Madden] He had some good chemistry last year when Q was up [with the Kings] Or down here with Covenant. I just wanted to give them another chance and I had such a good feeling, they were so much better today.

Getting off to a solid start at home
If you look at our record when we have the lead, I think it’s pretty good. I think we’re a better home team too. We played with more confidence too. At the start of the day, we definitely set the tone right away and didn’t give them anything. It must be this way. We love playing at home and I feel the team feels more comfortable at home, maybe like any other team, but we want to continue to have a good home record. Teams that come into this building should know it’s going to be a tough night, and that’s what we did [to San Jose] tonight.

Jordan Spence
For scoring his first goal this season
I was a little nervous to be honest, but it’s clearly a good idea to get one out of the way. I think I had great opportunities, but I just had to bury them. Today, fortunately, I buried her. I hope to continue it.

In his match tonight with Tobias Bjornfoot
I thought I played well. It’s so easy when I play with Purefoot. He’s a great player and I think we get a lot of good chemistry just because we’ve been together since the first game. I think it was a good match overall between us.

On the play of power in the era
We just have to keep it simple. I think at the beginning of the season, we were doing really well. The last five games have been on and off, but I think we’re just trying to get our groove back and get our confidence back and kick pucks over the net. We keep it simple and then we do some great plays and go from there.

For his body and defense this season
I just want to be a complete player. I know I’m a little bit of a defenseman, but I can still put the body down and keep playing. For me, I just want to be a little bit more physical this year and become a more role player as well. Obviously, in the NHL it’s a lot faster, so I’m taking the experience with that and bringing it here. It’s really nice to be making these plays and I just want to be a complete player.

Tyler Madden

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